Our Team

Our Story

The “IRL” in our name, agility In Real Life, is not a tagline; it means something. Beyond our certifications and publications, our greatest qualification—our credibility—comes from the fact that we have practiced what we preach. We have held positions from the front lines to the C-suite in companies ranging from publicly traded Fortune 250 firms, to privately held mid-size firms, to start-ups. We have held these positions at these companies in functions ranging from IT, to Product Development, Operations, and Sales & Marketing.

Academicians, career consultants, and other professional observers have a worthwhile point of view. However, we have the experience and scar tissue that one gets only by having spent time on the field and actually playing the game. We can move from concept and theory to pragmatic issues in a heartbeat because our learning includes the school of hard knocks.

Our Experience

Our experience with the Agile Philosophy goes back to its emergent years before it achieved critical mass and earned the label, “Agile”. And the things we teach, coach and about which we consult, are things that we researched, developed, field-tested, and implemented in the organizations we had the good fortune to lead. We have real life experience:

  • Leading agile-based product and system development programs and projects.
  • Leading the introduction and adoption of agile-based processes in our organizations.
  • Inculcating the Agile Philosophy at an organizational level, in the organization’s leadership, management and operations.
  • Creating new organizations, leading the renovation of under-performing ones, and redesigning ones that were poorly positioned for the future.
Jim Ruprecht

Jim Ruprecht, CSM, CSPO, CS@SP

Jim is Co-Founder & Partner at agilityIRL where he educates, coaches and consults to motivated leaders at all levels in matters of organizational leadership and leading cultural change in order to achieve organizational agility.

Based on his experience creating nine new organizations, renovating four under-performing ones, and re-designing two that were not well positioned for the future, Jim has presented the pragmatic lessons he has learned for leading cultural change to local, national and international groups.  He has also curated those lessons in his book, Windward Leadership: Taking Your Organization into the Prevailing Winds on Political Seas.

An accomplished leader in real life, prior to founding agilityIRL Jim has held positions ranging from VP of IT, then a VP in Product Development, at a global, $5 billion business unit of a Fortune 250 medical device manufacturer; to COO of a small, second stage, biopolymer engineering firm; to “chief digital officer” at a privately held general aviation aircraft manufacturer; to the startup of several “boutique” consulting firms. He has also served on several boards for non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Jim lives in Woodbury, MN. When not spending time with his now grown daughters and their families, Jim enjoys traveling, and a well-written and well-told story in any form, be it a book, play, movie, show, or song.  Jim’s therapist is Dr. Harley Davidson.


Mike Stuedemann

Mike Stuedemann, PMP, PMI-ACP, CST

Mike is Co-Founder & Principal Consultant at agilityIRL.  In this role, he is responsible for educating, coaching and consulting with his clients in Agile methods and working with all levels of an organization to help them produce products that people want to use.

He has presented on Agile at numerous industry events including PMI-Minnesota’s Professional Development Days, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of IIBA, and Agile Development West.

Prior to founding agilityIRL, Mike co-founded two other Agile consultancies.  Mike has also worked for Savigent Software as an Engagement Manager, Medtronic in a number of IT Leadership roles, Data Recognition Corporation as a Business Analyst and for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as a Staff Consultant.

He has undergraduate degrees in International Management and Japanese from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Mike lives in Andover, MN with his wife, Erin, and his sons, Joe, Ray and Will.  When not spending time with his family, Mike enjoys watching sports and reading.


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